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thoughts on the Circle of Life Zulu lyrics

thoughts on the Circle of Life Zulu lyrics

Postby Gaze » May 9th, 2016, 12:27 am


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Re: thoughts on the Circle of Life Zulu lyrics

Postby Amur_Tiger » May 9th, 2016, 5:58 pm

Funnily the last bit of the interchangeability of 'King' and 'Lion' strikes me as the least surprising given there's similar consideration towards tigers by the cultures of Asia.

Otherwise that's neat stuff, though do we have a complete and accurate translation now with that commentary from the Zulu speaker?
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Re: thoughts on the Circle of Life Zulu lyrics

Postby TheLionPrince » May 12th, 2016, 8:23 pm

You do have a very compelling argument about the African lyrics of "Circle of Life". I do know Hans Zimmer said some of the African lyrics were supposed to be political on the 2011 bonus feature "Pride of The Lion King", but he may be referring to the song "Busa" with the translated context to mean rule the land. Lebo himself confirmed the music "was inspired by my South African roots" to The Sydney Morning Herald, which isn't saying much. Nevertheless, his roots are very much tied into apartheid-ridden South Africa and his admiration for the late Nelson Mandela, and Mandela has been often known to be "the Father" by his Xhosa clan name in which the lyrics of "Busa" may be referring to ("Shwele baba" means "Hail to you, Father"). Again, I was probably no help, but it's my own little theory.
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Re: thoughts on the Circle of Life Zulu lyrics

Postby Squeely » July 26th, 2016, 9:54 am

I always figured it was fairly simplistic because chants kinda have to be. Hard to chant entire paragraphs, y'know? Kudos to you and all the research you did. It's awesome to learn about the deeper meanings hidden within.
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